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Mothers given DHA supplements while pregnant had kids with improved vision, problem solving skills, and higher IQs. Pregnant vegans also need to make sure they are getting enough iodine. When pregnant women eat too many animal products, due to the pollutants in animal fat, they risk having kids with smaller brains, lower IQs, poorer attention spans, and other cognitive impairments. Phthalate containing chicken and eggs can result in a reduced penis size of men whose mothers ate the food while pregnant. Pregnant women who eat hot dogs increase their risk having children with brain tumors. Higher maternal intake of meat during pregnancy has also been linked to eczema because certain components of meat may affect the fetal immune system.

Hundreds of thousands of American babies are poisoned by their mother’s fish consumption every year and, as a result, may have brain damage that results in lower IQs (see also here, here). Eating a single serving of canned tuna is equivalent to getting injected with 100 Thimerosal containing vaccines.

The consumption of cow’s milk disrupts the endocrine regulatory network. Cow’s milk, which is digested into the morphine-like compund casomorphin, has also been linked to infant apnea, a condition in which the respiratory system is depressed and can result in sudden infant death syndrome (see also here). These casomorphins have also been speculatively linked to autism. Human breast milk is very high in antioxidants and should be fed to infants over formula. Organochlorines (pollutants used in industry and as insecticides after WWII) continue to pollute the food supply; vegans, however, have been found to be significantly less polluted than omnivores. But breast feeding mothers on a vegan/vegetarian diet must be sure to get adequate vitamin B-12 through fortified foods or supplements or risk serious illness or even death of their infants (see also here). It may not be a bad idea for pregnant and breast feeding vegans to get tested for a vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Infants placed in the basket of a shopping cart with raw meat are at an increased risk for food poisoning. Homeopathic remedies can actually be harmful when used in excess in infants. Infants under 3 months of age should not eat vegetables. Ayurvedic medicines have been found to be contaminated with lead, which has resulted in infant brain damage. In most cases, the incorporation of heavy metals is intentional, unbelievably. Traditional medicines from around the world often contain lead (see also here).

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